Eminem Names His Top 12 Rap Diss Songs Of All-Time (Audio)
Despite being a perennial Grammy darling, with 44 nominations and 15 wins, Eminem’s 2018 Kamikaze album has no nominations. The LP also was missing from a number of prominent “best album of the year” lists. But, make no mistake, Kamikaze, which became Em’s 10th album in a row to reach the top of the charts, was a return to form for Slim Shady and made him the most talked about MC of 2018, not named Kanye or Tekashi.
Released as a surprise project on August 31, Kamikaze was a 45-minute long scathing rebuke of Em’s critics, both media and peers. After the tepid reception to Marshall Mathers’ 2017 album, Revival, a project which was at times melancholy and introspective, Eminem returned with fire in his belly on his follow up LP. Backed by longterm collaborator and mentor Dr. Dre as his executive producer, the album was chock full of aggressive music to match Marshall’s lyrical fury. Throughout the project, which effectively served as one long diss record, Em took shots at Joe Budden, Machine Gun Kelly, Tyler, The Creator, DJ Akademiks, Donald Trump, Vince Staples, Token, Lil Yachty, Lil Pump, Lil Xan, Charlamagne Tha God, and the Grammys…just to name a few.
The tirade launched a wave of retaliation, ranging from clap back commentary from friend-turned-foe Budden, to worthy response records from Machine Gun Kelly. Instead of letting things be, Em doubled down, with even more verbal venom, in the form of additional response records and even a 10-minute a cappella battle rap. With such an epic year of beef under his belt, who better than Em to cite his top 12 Rap diss records of all-time?
As part of a Christmas special on his Sirius XM Shade 45 radio station, that’s exactly what Eminem did. Dubbed the “12 Days Of Diss-Mas,” the Detroit Rap God was joined by his longtime manager Paul Rosenberg and DJ Whoo Kid to not only discuss his favorite diss records, but also break down the history behind each one.
The records Em names range from classic to obscure, with him citing Rap beef songs like Ice Cube’s “No Vaseline” and Boogie Down Productions’ “The Bridge Is Over” to records railing against institutions, like N.W.A.’s “F*ck The Police.” The list is diverse, highlighting songs from the 80s and 90s, paying homage to women MCs and, showing no bias, he even cites a couple of records that diss Dre. Here is the entire list, as well as a playlist of the songs below:
12. Boogie Down Productions – “The Bridge Is Over”
11. Roxanne Shanté – “Roxanne’s Revenge”
10. MC Lyte – “10% Diss”
9. LL Cool J – “Jack The Ripper”
8. N.W.A – “F*ck The Police”
7. Ice Cube – “No Vaseline”
6. Dr. Dre – “F*ck wit Dre Day (And Everybody’s Celebratin’)”
5. Tim Dog – “F*ck Compton”
4. Common – “The B*tch In Yoo”
3. Eazy-E – “Real Muthaphuckkin G’s”
2. YZ – “Diss Fe Liar”
1. 2Pac – “Hit ‘Em Up”